Sharing photos of a couple in LOVE – my parents

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My parents visited over Memorial Day weekend. And I took some photos of my mom and dad together.  And a few of them with my daughter Ellie.  My other daughter did not feel like being in pictures.  But after the fact said, “I am sad that I did not get in any…” Next time maybe she will remember this.

Here they are.  Let me know what you think.  My biggest obstacle was color as my dad is very tan, my mom lightly tan, and Ellie pale.











Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Missy says

    Love them! I did a shoot with my parents a while back and it was just so fun to see them in love and through the lens!

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    Beautiful pictures!!! I see you know how I feel about the three different skin tone issue LOL. Not easy to manage! Skin tones look great in your pictures.

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    Jodi, they are all gorgeous. The coloring looks great on my end, you did well. One thought that came to mind were how smooth your dad’s legs appeared… ?? Precious memories – you’ll treasure these shots for years to come. Keep it going!!

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    Melissa says

    Great job! Your parents look so young and cute together. After seeing their picture I am convinced you are very young! :) I have a shoot coming up with a family – dad is dark (Indian) and mom is very pale and the kids of course are a little lighter than dad. What do you recommend for this type of setting?

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    Melissa – Nope – I am 36. They are 61. As for settings, I metered off my mom on the ones of both of them so her skin would be exposed correctly. Then I used my freee action – “Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness” to brighten my dad up a tad.

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    Melissa says

    I hope I look as good as them when I am in my 60’s. You did a great job and the images portray them enjoying one another which is what I really like. I had a feeling I would have to meter off the light skinned person. Where can I find your free action “Touch of Light / Touch of Darkness”? I didn’t see it on your freebie list.

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    Casey Cooper says

    Awesome pictures! What lens did you use for the fifth picture (of your little girl in her Little Miss Star t-shirt)? Great shot!

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    I used the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens on all of these – it is my favorite for outdoors when doing both portrait and action shots.

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    I wrote in the wrong box lol. Here is what I said: Little Miss Star is gorgeous look at those beautiful eyes. I love the feeling of love when I look at your parents pictures. It makes me smile and I hope to find that someday with someone. Great job!!! I am also now going to get me some MCP actions yay.

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